Facing flak for the Kanker rape case, Chhattisgarh home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar has landed himself in a spot by saying that crimes against women were happening as their stars were in adverse positions, a remark termed as childish and vulgar by the state Congress.
"We have no answer to this rising spate of crimes against women. Stars are not in position," Kanwar told reporters in Raipur.
"Harm can come on a person if the stars are in adverse positions...We have no answer to this, only an astrologer can predict," the state home minister said.
Kanwar's remarks on Monday came after opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh demanded dismissal of the BJP government over the issue of the alleged rape on minor inmates of a government-run residential school for tribal girls in Kanker district, which came to light following a complaint on Saturday.
Asked about the home minister's remarks, chief minister Raman Singh today quipped, "Now, what do I say on this."
State Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel called Kanwar's comments as childish and vulgar.
Image: File photo of Nanki Ram Kanwar.